Irish Oatmeal With Pears and Maple

By Boomette on August 10, 2012

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Ingredients

    OATMEAL

    1. 1 1/4 cups steel cut oats
    2. 1 tablespoon butter
    3. 5 cups water
    4. 1/4 teaspoon salt

    PEAR AND MAPLE TOPPING

    1. 1 tablespoon butter
    2. 2 tablespoons sugar
    3. 2 pears, peeled, cored and diced
    4. 2 tablespoons currants
    5. 1/2 cup shelled pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
    6. maple syrup

Directions

  1. OATMEAL: In a saucepan over medium-high heat, toast the oats in the butter for 2 minutes. Add the water and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer gently, uncovered, until the oatmeal thickens and is tender, 25 to 30 minutes, stirring frequently, especially toward the end.
  2. PEAR AND MAPLE TOPPING:Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the butter and sugar until they begin to colour. Add the pears and currants. Sauté until the pears are tender and coloured a light gold, about 4 minutes.
  3. Serve the hot oatmeal in bowls. Spoon some of the topping onto each portion. Sprinkle with pecans and drizzle with maple syrup.